By our reporter| Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on Monday emerged the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primary election in Edo State.
Chairman of the APC Primary Election Committee and Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma disclosed this in Benin City, the state capital, shortly after the election which took place in 192 wards across the 18 LGA’s in the state.
Ize-Iyamu won the party’s primary after polling 27, 838 votes to defeat his rivals, Pius Odubu who garnered 3,776 votes and Osaro Obaze who got 2,724 votes respectively.
By the victory, he automatically becomes the APC flagbearer for the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Speaking shortly after his victory, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, asked the state governor Godwin Obaseki to return to the APC as he is willing to work with him if he would return to the party he “originally belong” to.
He said, “By this process we just competed, the party is now on its step to full recovery. I also salute Governor Obaseki, and I will appeal to him to return to the party.”
“In every party we have disagreement but I don’t want it that it is this disagreement that would push him out. I once made that mistake. It might be nice for him to come back, and certainly I’m going to work with with him.
“We’ve shown the example today in APC as we are determined to be law abiding. The few months we have for campaign, let’s do it in a law abiding manner. I’m pledgeing on behalf of my party that we will be peacul and respectful.
“I’m naturally happy and humbled by the overwhelming support from the 18 local government areas. I’m so related that there was no incident of violence as this has been my prayer point. The election went on with strict adherence to the state’s government COVID-19 regulations.”
Ize-Iyamu who said he will be working with everyone to move the state forward if he wins in September gubernatorial election also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Adams Oshiomhole and the security agencies for their support in the primary election.